Overcoming disaster: ‘You feel like you’re alone, but you know you’re not’

BEAUMONT, Texas — When 51 inches of rain fell on Texas, it buried the home of Jeremy and Naomi Brown in water for six days. Left devastated and homeless, the family of four, like so many others, were in need of a helping hand.

About 200 miles away, in Baker, Louisiana, Randy Aucoin answered the call, leaving behind the FEMA trailer he’s called home for the past year and a half after suffering his own tragedy during the floods of 2016 in Louisiana. Mormon Helping Hands came to his aid then, now he was returning the favor in Texas as a member of the “yellow shirts.”

During the past month Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have ravaged Texas, Florida and the Caribbean; a series of earthquakes have leveled homes and buildings in Mexico; and now the threat of a volcano at Mount Agung in Bali has brought the evacuation of 75,000.

Above is the video story of how disaster can bring out the best in us, one person at a time.

Mormon Helping Hand volunteers clean up a home during Tropical Storm Harvey in Klein, Texas on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.
(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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A boater goes through the water after Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont, Texas on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.
(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

A car is submerged after Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont, Texas on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.

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